Alicia and Theresa at edittorrent.blogspot are conducting a two-week class - entirely in an email list – on the subject of writing a synopsis. There is a cost but it is a chance to get guidance and feedback from an expert. The art of distillation is not one of my strengths so I went to read their advice:
The trick is to leave the plot behind. Too many writers get bogged down in events, and end up with a boring chronicle of “this happened, then this happened.”
The idea that a synopsis like this will bore the reader is not a great surprise but writing a synopsis that reflects the writing and the story - not just the plot - is a challenge.
Theresa calls this her SCORE method:
Using these key thoughts, it would be easier to evaluate and tighten the synopsis while weaving in plot events; maintaining coherence and representing the intensity you worked hard to create.
SCORE when writing a synopsis, with their key advice.
Did you find any advice useful when you were writing a synopsis?